Ash from Chilean volcano grounds flights, damages farms
A volcanic ash cloud disrupted air traffic in South America Sunday, one week after a volcano in Chile's Caulle range first erupted.
On Sunday evening, all flights were cancelled at the two main airports of Argentina's capital, as the ash cloud from the volcano, 1,600 kilometres south-west of Buenos Aires, engulfed the city again. Flights were also cancelled in neighbouring Uruguay, DPA reported.
Since the volcano began to spew ash up to 10 kilometres into the atmosphere on June 4, air traffic in Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Paraguay and Brazil has been affected.
At the weekend, the ash cloud reached Australia and New Zealand, some 9,400 kilometres west, causing cancellations and delays in domestic and international air traffic.
The ash cloud also affected farmers in South America. In southern Chile, millions of salmon died as the volcano heated the water in the rivers where the salmon farms are located to up to 45 degrees Celsius. Argentina plans to announce a state of emergency for the local farmers in order to provide them with aid.